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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 3/3] perf_counter: new output ABI - part 1
On Sat, 2009-03-21 at 20:45 +1100, Paul Mackerras wrote:
> Ingo Molnar writes:
> > i think it would still be nice to allow plain old-fashioned
> > poll()+read() loops ... but the logistics of that seem difficult.
> > mmap() seems to fit this better - and it's probably faster as well.
> > (as we have to construct the kernel-space pages anyway, so mapping
> > them isnt that big of an issue)
> >
> > per-CPU-ness will be handled naturally via per-cpu counters.
> >
> > Paul, can you see any hole/quirkiness in this scheme?
> The one thing I can see that we would lose is the ability to have a
> signal delivered on every event. The PAPI developers want to be able
> to get a signal generated every time the counter overflows, and
> previously we could do that using the O_ASYNC flag, but now we'll only
> get a signal every page's worth of events.

Ah, nice, didn't know about O_ASYNC and was thinking we should perhaps
provide some signal too, seems that's already taken care of, sweet :-)

> So I think we want userspace to be able to say how often we should
> generate a poll event, i.e. provide a way for userspace to say "please
> generate a poll event every N counter events". That would also solve
> the problem of 1 page not being a valid configuration - you could set
> the poll interval to the number of events that fit in half a page, for
> instance.

Sure, can do, sounds like s sensible extension -- except it will be hard
to guess the event size for some future events like callchains and mmap

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